Consultation continues after more than 700 check out substation plans

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The firm behind plans for a substation and underground cables to connect to a wind farm will be asking for opinions from more residents.

RWE nPower renewables wants to link Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm to a site at Bicker Fen, with cables coming from Anderby Creek throughSibsey and on to Bicker.

The energy firm held six public consultations for members of the public and businesses to find out more about the plans.

Those events attracted 730 people.

The consultation remains open until April 5 and RWE nPower will now be sending out questionnaires and information booklets out to more parishes and residents in a wider area.

The plans were slammed by Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds, who said in a letter to energy minister John Hayes that this constituency has been ‘consistently targeted’ for wind development - with turbines close to the proposed substation site.

Anyone who wants a copy of the questionnaire should contact tritonknoll@npower-renewables.com or find out more by logging on to www.npower-renewables.com/tritonknoll.

Project manager Jacob Hain said: “We are really grateful that so many people have participated in the consultation so far, it’s a great example of localism in action. Following a large amount of requests, we are in the process of agreeing an extension to the catchment areas for residents and parishes who will be directly sent consultation information with the relevant authorities.

“However, people certainly do not have to have received a copy of the questionnaire to participate in the consultation.

“We welcome everyone’s feedback and will endeavour to ensure that new participants are given enough time to respond.”